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Renzo Piano in LA, Talking Miracles and Travertine

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Riding the wave of all those positive reviews for his San Fransisco green wonder of a museum, Renzo Piano was at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) this morning to talk up his second building on the campus. Now coined the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion (thanks to their $45 million donation), the building will be a simple structure, just 200 feet by 180 feet, and used for exhibition space. Design-wise, it'll mimic the Piano-designed Broad Contemporary Museum of Art (BCAM) building: The sides will be travertine, the back will be glass, the front will be a mixture of glass and travertine, and the roof will consist of north facing skylights. "We wanted to keep the unity," said Piano, referencing the look of the BCAM building. In addition to the elegant and eloquent Italian architect, a few more people spoke, including Mayor Villaraigosa, LACMA director Michael Govan, the Resnicks, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

BUT before that happened, some more from Piano: Describing it as a "basic shelter for art," Piano talked about the exhibition space to the crowd of about 100 (a group that included benefactor Eli Broad), who came out today. Notable line: "It's always a miracle to take a street and to give it away to green and to art, but especially it is a miracle [to do so] in LA, city of the car," said Piano, referencing LACMA's master plan. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky also spoke about the museum, and then urged everyone to vote for Measure R, because it'll help extend subway services to such cultural institutions as LACMA. Lynda Resnick also spoke and jokingly thanked LACMA's supporters for stocking the event with POM juices (she and her husband founded the company). Plenty of Fiji water was also one hand (another one of the companies owned by the Resnicks). Meanwhile, Renzo Piano's second building should be done by 2010.
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